The SopranosLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 1/16/19 at 5:17AM EST
The Sopranos-inspired Bada Bing! strip clubs are popping up around the world
Source: Mel Magazine
Strip clubs unaffiliated with HBO from Copenhagen to Rosarito Beach, Mexico are taking advantage of The Sopranos name.
Posted Tuesday 1/15/19 at 4:41PM EST
Corey Stoll and Billy Magnussen join The Sopranos prequel movie
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
They're the latest casting additions to David Chase's The Many Saints of Newark, joining Jon Bernthal and Vera Farmiga. All of the roles are being kept under wraps.
Posted Monday 1/14/19 at 2:14PM EST
The Sopranos prequel movie casts Vera Farmiga and Jon Bernthal
Their roles in David Chase's 1960s-set prequel are being kept under wraps.
Posted Friday 1/11/19 at 1:19PM EST
Edie Falco still hasn't watched The Sopranos
“I haven’t seen the show, actually,” she told Extra at the event marking the 20th anniversary. “There are many, many episodes I haven’t seen.”
Posted Thursday 1/10/19 at 6:47PM EST
The Sopranos at 20: Television learned the wrong lessons from the show responsible for Prestige TV
Source: The New Republic
The joy of The Sopranos, which premiered 20 years ago today on Jan. 10, 1999, "lies in its script, so packed with symbolism and clever half-jokes, and the way that its cast executed that script," says Josephine Livingstone. "What is there even left to say?" she adds. "From the beginning, everybody knew that The Sopranos was to be a watershed. There would be before, and there would be after. In every commemorative article about the show, the author inevitably cites the list of prestige shows that followed The Sopranos and that adopted its central conceit of a flawed antihero—Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Deadwood, and so on." Yet the promises of Prestige TV have been wasted in our current glut of TV shows. "Instead, we’re in a weird new era in which everything on TV looks so good that you can’t tell whether it’s prestige or not," she says. "Call it post-prestige television. By this I mean that every show is cut beautifully, every soundtrack is great, and—crucially—every main character is rounded out by psychological flaws that make them seem human." The writing on contemporary television, she adds, is "lusciously easy on the eye, always. But is the writing as good?" Even the best-scripted shows of the past year -- from Killing Eve to The Americans to Atlanta -- can't match The Sopranos in its understated wit and its high-stakes investment in human relationships, she says. "Part of it stems from the way The Sopranos was received and defined by critics," says Livingstone "In its early years, much commentary focused on the show’s brutal depiction of women, which in turn prompted defenses of its sophisticated portrayal of women complicit in evil. But it’s the male critics who have profited the most from the Sopranos-commentary boom—the men who were fascinated by the whole 'flawed antihero' concept and pumped its meaning up to outsize levels." She adds that the legacy of The Sopranos TV criticism is "of a genre almost exclusively manufactured by men, for a male readership, about the nerdy nitty-gritty of a TV show about masculinity. This has contributed, I think, to a new culture of television-making dominated by psychological portraiture, usually focused on men. It has also led to hyper-lush production, at the expense of scriptwriting, simply because it’s easier to throw money at a show than to write a good one. This is the danger of allowing superfans to define the meaning of a television show."
- David Chase sees The Sopranos' influence in TV news coverage of President Trump: When The New York Times asked what Sopranos influences does he see when watching TV, Chase responded: "The use of a deeply flawed hero and his problems. And when news shows talk about Trump, for example, they’ll say it’s like The Sopranos. People, including your own paper, use The Sopranos as an example of crookedness and culpability. I don’t watch a lot of series television. Unfortunately what I do is spend my time watching CNN, Fox and MSNBC. So I get good and depressed, and angry." Chase, who thinks A.J. Soprano might be working for Trump in the White House, also thinks Tony Soprano wouldn't buy Trump's (expletive).
- What’s most impressive about The Sopranos is how well it has held up after 20 years
- A rebuttal to complaints that The Sopranos ran too long with 86 episodes
- Chase recalls how The Sopranos could've ended up as a Fox drama starring Anthony LaPaglia
- The Sopranos stars reunited Wednesday night: Edie Falco recalls saying "I don’t know what the hell we just did" after Season 2 renewal
- Dominic "Uncle Junior" Chianese, now 87, says: "It's a very humane thing for HBO to do, bringing us together. We really liked each other"
- Michael Imperioli is blown away that a whole new generation of viewers are just starting to watch The Sopranos
- Here are the faces of The Sopranos 20 years later
- HBO has been handing out Sopranos nicknames to everybody and everything from Olive Garden to Stephen Colbert and Lin-Manuel Miranda -- read all the responses
- Read an excerpt from The Sopranos Sessions
- 11 writers share the moments from The Sopranos they think about a lot
- Carmela Soprano was an unsung style icon
- Adriana's brutal death was the "whack that changed everything"
- The Sopranos succeeded in making New Jersey cool
- HBO sent out baked ziti in honor of the 20th anniversary
- The West Wing, The Wire, The Shield and The Leftovers: Here are the 20 best dramas since The Sopranos premiered
- The Sopranos is nearly perfect except for one Season 1 flaw
- Check out how The Sopranos locations look like 20 years later
- The ultimate debate: Does Tony Soprano live or die at the end?
Posted Wednesday 1/09/19 at 9:32PM EST
What if David Chase whacked the audience in The Sopranos' cut-to-black final scene?
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of The Sopranos premiere, ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn offers his compelling take on why he believes the "death scene" Chase referred to in the new book The Sopranos Sessions was actually in reference to the audience -- not Tony Soprano. "Tony didn't get whacked, we did," Quinn writes in a tweetstorm, noting that the series ends from the point of view of the viewers and not Tony. "David Chase had enough of his audience, and he put one in the back of our heads. WE saw black. We stopped hearing the music. And we never saw it coming. It doesn't matter if Tony is dead or alive. That wasn't the point. And, yes, Chase seemed to slip when he said in an interview that this was a death scene. But he never said it was Tony's death." ALSO: HBO2 will marathon Seasons 6 and 7 in honor of the 20th anniversary.
Posted Wednesday 1/09/19 at 6:49AM EST
David Chase may have accidentally revealed Tony Soprano's fate in The Sopranos finale
Source: The Atlantic
In an extensive interview for Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall's new book The Sopranos Sessions, David Chase inadvertently calls the final scene "a death scene." ALSO: Chase's Sopranos prequel movie will feature Tony Soprano as a kid.
Posted Saturday 1/05/19 at 3:04AM EST
The Sopranos and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch premiered 20 years apart, but they're oddly complementary
Source: The New York Times
January 10 will mark the 20th anniversary of The Sopranos premiere. The groundbreaking HBO series and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch are "products of two different TV eras," says James Poniewozik. "The former lets the viewer direct the story (sort of) through a series of choices. The latter was the work of a creator who resisted catering to his audience and ended his series on a big, fat question mark. But as different as the two works are, they’re oddly complementary. Each is an example of the tension between two ways of seeing fiction. Is a story a puzzle to be solved or a mystery to be pondered?" ALSO: Mysterious Black Mirror posters pop up in Birmingham, England.
Posted Wednesday 11/21/18 at 6:26PM EST
The Sopranos prequel movie may have found Tony Soprano's uncle
Actor Alessandro Nivola is in talks to play Dickey Moltisanti in David Chase's The Many Saints of Newark. Moltisanti is Tony's uncle and Christopher Moltisanti's father.
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
TV has built a world where white males are the protagonists of the story, from CBS crime procedurals to antihero dramas
The fall of Les Moonves and the recent premiere of Lifetime's You -- which attempts to subvert the white male viewpoint -- have helped to hammer home the point that a lot of television has been told from the white male point of view. "Straight white men in America are taught that they are the protagonist of the story from birth. Their number includes me — I’ve always intuitively understood myself as the protagonist too," says Todd VanDerWerff. "And this mindset has only become more ingrained in the past 20 years. Under Moonves, CBS became America’s most powerful network, but also went from broadcasting shows like Murphy Brown and Designing Women to mostly being a place where women were corpses, whose murders were solved largely by steely, determined men, with occasional help from quippy female sidekicks." VanDerWerff adds that "over the past 20 years, no network has had a worse record of telling stories centered on characters who aren’t straight white men than CBS, a trend the network has only finally broken this fall. What does it say about a culture when by far its most popular television network is dominated by shows where women serve primarily as support systems, quirky comic relief, and victims?" Antihero shows like Mad Men, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and The Shield have also helped fuel the narrative that white males can take whatever they want. "The best antihero dramas of the early 2000s, like the best great films of the ’70s, were cautionary tales, deeply moral stories about how, in some ways, the men at the center of them stood in for an America — or at least a white male America — that couldn’t stop gobbling up everything it saw," says VanDerWerff. "The shows suggested, always, that even if their protagonists didn’t get their comeuppance onscreen, it was coming, unless they could change their ways. Only a handful of those protagonists, most notably Mad Men’s Don Draper, eventually came close to doing so. But even now, these shows leave open the question of just how we’re supposed to grapple with the idea that many viewers will always see them as instruction manuals, or as validation of dangerous ideals. What are the takeaways for an audience that doesn’t want to dig into the moral and ethical nuance of The Sopranos and just wants to see Tony whack more enemies, or that believes Skyler White is the true villain of Breaking Bad?"
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Check out collectors' items The Sopranos auction
Fans of the groundbreaking HBO drama are selling their Sopranos artifacts and memorabilia, including an 18-karat gold watch James Gandolfini gave to his fellow cast members.
Posted Wednesday 7/04/18 at 12:54AM EDT
The Sopranos prequel movie finds its director
Alan Taylor, director of nine episodes of The Sopranos, will helm the The Many Saints of Newark, David Chase's prequel movie about young Tony Soprano and his crew. Taylor has also directed seven episodes of Game of Thrones, six episodes of Sex and the City and four episodes of Mad Men. His big-screen directing credits include Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genisys.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Here are 10 TV episodes that deserve their inflated run times
From Master of None's 57-minute episode to The Sopranos' 72-minute episode.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
The Sopranos star James Gandolfini died five years ago: His actor son pays tribute
Michael Gandolfini was celebrating his junior high graduation with his dad in Rome on June 19, 2013 when the elder Gandolfini died of a heart attack in a hotel room. "5 years without your hugs, your laugh, and you smile. I miss you, but today is not about me," Michael wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. "As much as I hate that you’re gone, it in face was your time. And today I celebrate you and your life. I love you dad, miss you." Michael Gandolfini is now a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also has gotten into acting, playing a busboy on Ocean's Eight and appearing in at least three episodes of HBO's The Deuce.
Posted Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
SNL ends the season with a Sopranos finale homage and numerous celebrity cameos
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Saturday Night Live's Season 43 finale was even more star-studded than the Stormy Daniels episode two weeks ago. It began with a cold open homage to The Sopranos' 2007 series finale, featuring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro reprising their roles as Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller. Then, in a monologue that addressed criticism that the show has become too dependent on celebrity cameos, Tina Fey interacted with Benedict Cumberbatch, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Fred Armisen, Anne Hathaway, Tracy Morgan and recent host Donald Glover, whom Fey hired to write for 30 Rock. Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Goodman also made cameos. So did Fey's husband Jeff Richmond, who appeared in a "Mean Girls" sketch, and who has worked with his wife as a composer on 30 Rock, SNL and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
- Watch Tina Fey give a 360-degree YouTube tour of the SNL studio
- SNL spoofs Dick Wolf's NBC Chicago shows with "Chicago Improv" sketch
- Fey revived her Sarah Palin impression late in the show
- Watch Nicki Minaj perform with Fey in "Friendship Song" sketch that was cut for time
- Aidy Bryant portrayed the Oakland BBQ woman, who has become an internet meme